The expected debut of Cristiano Ronaldo with Juventus will have a particular scenario: On Sunday at the stadium of Villar Perosa, with a capacity for 5,000 spectators, against the filial formation of the Italian team, in a traditional friendly on the fief of the Agnelli family, owner of club.
Ronaldo signed for the 'Juve' a month ago, coming from Real Madrid for 100 million euros. He will wear his new jersey in the traditional match that the first team and the branch play before starting each course, in Villar Perosa, 40 kilometers west of Turin.
This town of 4,000 inhabitants at the foot of the Alps houses the great property of the Agnelli, the family that controls the club practically without interruption since 1923 and that established this party to open the season.
Far from the cathedrals of European football; like the Santiago Bernabéu, the Camp Nou or Old Trafford, the five-time Golden Ball will debut as a black and white player in a municipal area, which bears the name of Gaetano Scirea, a tough historical defender of Juventus.
The venue will host more spectators than inhabitants have Villar Perosa: the 5,000 tickets available were sold long ago.
With the arrival of the Portuguese and the huge wave of enthusiasm in northern Italy, the rumor spread of a change of scenery, towards a larger stadium, to accommodate all the fans interested in welcoming CR7. The Agnelli decided to respect the customs and the duel will be played in its usual bucolic setting.
This could lead Ronaldo to an unprecedented proximity with his fans: Tradition says that five minutes after the start of the second part the spectators have a 'right' to invade the field and greet their idols.
'We will not start with a goal against'
Before starting on August 18 the conquest of an eighth consecutive national title on the court of Chievo Verona, the Juventus players came together for the first time on Wednesday, when the group that traveled to the tour of the United States met with the mundialistas.
The arrival of Ronaldo caused some changes in the template. The Argentine Gonzalo Higuain went to Milan, along with the promising Mattia Caldara, in return for the return to Turin of Leonardo Bonucci, a year after his departure.
Some fans have not seen the play with good eyes. Nobody has scored as many goals in Italy as Higuain, since he arrived in Naples in 2013, and Bonucci did not offer in Milan the performance he had in Juventus in previous years.
Ronaldo, despite his 26 goals in the league, was not as dominant as in previous years. But his dominance in the Champions League, leading Real Madrid to three consecutive titles, four in the last five years, make him the player that needs Juventus to finally raid Europe (finalist in 2015 and 2017).
"Having Ronaldo here means at least that if we play against Real Madrid we will not start with a goal against the trade," Bonucci said at a press conference on Friday. In recent years Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in 7 games against Juventus in the European competition.
His arrival has multiplied the world media interest for Juventus and the Italian championship. The American chain ESPN has bought the audiovisual rights of the competition for the United States to BeIn for a confidential amount.
And the Italian press expects the Croatian Luka Modric, Ronaldo's teammate at Real Madrid and best player of the last World Cup, to sign for Inter Milan.